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Melbourne vs Sydney
Mel vs Syd

Average net salary (After tax)

Sydney
Melbourne

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Syd
Mel
Outside city centre
Syd
Mel

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Syd
Mel
Outside city centre
Syd
Mel

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Syd
Mel
Outside city centre
Syd
Mel

Mortgage rates

Sydney
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

Electricity, heating, water, Garbage for a 85m2 Apartment

Sydney
Melbourne

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Syd
Mel

Mobile phone data

One-minute local prepaid call (no plan or discount)

Syd
Mel

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Syd
Mel

Monthly pass

Regular price

Syd
Mel

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Sydney
Melbourne

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Syd
Mel
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

Milk 1L
Syd
Mel
White bread 500g
Syd
Mel
Eggs 12
Syd
Mel
White rice 1kg
Syd
Mel

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Sydney
Melbourne

Meat & cheese

Chicken breasts 1kg
Syd
Mel
Beef round 1kg
Syd
Mel
Local cheese 1kg
Syd
Mel

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Syd
Mel
Lettuce 1 head
Syd
Mel
Tomatoes 1kg
Syd
Mel

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Syd
Mel
Oranges 1 head
Syd
Mel
Bananas 1kg
Syd
Mel

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

Inexpensive restaurant 2 meals
Syd $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Mid-range restaurant Three-course meal for two people
Syd $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Sydney
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Sydney are 17.14% higher than in Melbourne

Drinks

Coke/Pepsi 0.33L
bottle
Syd $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Water 0.33L
bottle
Syd $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Cappuccino regular
Syd $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Syd
Mel
Market 0.5L bottle
Syd
Mel

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Syd
Mel
Market 0.33L bottle
Syd
Mel

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Sydney
5
Melbourne

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Syd
Mel

Summer dress

From a chain store (e.g. Zara, H&M)

Syd
Mel

Shoes

1 pair Nike shoes
Syd
Mel
1 pair men's leather shoes
Syd
Mel

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Sydney
$15.33
Melbourne
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Syd $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Syd $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth